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The ACCP elective advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) in professional leadership is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about leadership within a professional organization from the perspectives of both elected leaders and staff.


  • Orientation
  • Professional Associations and the Value of Engagement
  • ACCP’s Vision, Mission, and Core Values
  • Leadership Structure and Principles
  • Choosing to Lead: A Panel Discussion with the Presidential Officers
  • Developing a Strategic Plan
  • Encouraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Practice Advancement Initiatives
  • Policy and Professional Affairs/Advocacy
    • Introduction to the ACCP/ASHP/VCU policy fellow
  • Government Affairs
    • Political Action Committees and Lobbying
  • ACCP Foundation: Mission and Programs
  • Philanthropy within the Profession
  • The Importance of Supporting Research
  • Publishing and the Importance of Peer Review
  • Personal and Professional Career Planning
  • Charting Your Path

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this rotation, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the rationale for developing vision, mission, and core values statements within a professional association, as well as the value of strategic planning (professionalism)
  2. Compare and contrast different types of governance for professional associations and describe the leadership roles within professional associations (integrative thinking)
  3. Analyze information related to an issue impacting clinical pharmacy and develop a presentation that provides a balanced interpretation of the available data (critical thinking, integrative learning and information literacy)
  4. Lead group discussions of current journal articles or news items that have the potential to influence clinical pharmacy practice or education (critical thinking, information literacy, and oral communication)
  5. Develop written communications that inform ACCP members or staff of new initiatives or activities (written communication)
  6. Demonstrate the characteristics of professionalism, including teamwork and collaboration skills (professionalism)

Learning Activities

  • Regularly scheduled meetings with the primary preceptor
  • 3-4 topic discussions per week with leadership staff
  • Participation in weekly Government, Practice, and Professional Affairs leadership meetings and monthly staff meeting
  • Participation in intra- and interprofessional meetings
  • A minimum of one project that includes a writing assignment
  • A minimum of one project that includes a formal presentation
  • A minimum of two informal presentations (a journal club or leading a topic discussion)


Amie D. Brooks, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCACP

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Marcia L. Buck, Pharm.D, FCCP, FPPA, BCPPS

Director, Clinical Practice Advancement

Kathy Pham, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Director, Policy and Professional Affairs

Keri A. Sims, Pharm.D., BCPS

Director, ACCP Career Development Programs
Director, Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc. Operations

Updated May 31, 2022